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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Student Activist Network: Students Speak!

Student Activist Network

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF)/Americans for a Fair Chance (AFC) crated the Student Activist Network (SAN) site to showcase critical student work in support of affirmative action and other important issues on campuses nationwide.

The site helped students connect with one another in order to build a strong Student Activist Network. For students and driven by students, SAN encouraged student activists to help shape content by submitting story ideas, news of activities on campus, and personal stories of activism.

Students Speaking in Support of Affirmative Action

LCCREF/AFC/SAN, in partnership with the United States Student Association (USSA) and the NAACP Youth & College Division, launched Students Speak! Students Speaking in Support of Affirmative Action in October 2004 to expose the concerted effort to target minority students, threaten, and thereby roll back progress for all. The campaign worked with college students from across the country to counter these attacks and build multi-racial coalitions on campus.

Following the recent Supreme Court decision (Grutter v. Bollinger), minority students on campuses nationwide have faced a growing trend of ethnic intimidation. This intimidation has come in many forms, ranging from assaults and hate crimes, to satirical theater or racially-insensitive jokes, to bake sales protesting affirmative action. These intimidation tactics are being used by conservative student organizations in order to rollback affirmative action on college and university campuses nationwide and are creating a hostile climate on campuses across the country.

The Students Speak! campaign included the following:

  • Obtaining and featuring written and video testimonials from students on campuses nationwide who have benefited from affirmative action and those who support the continuing need and use of affirmative action programs and polices at their schools. Your story is an example of why affirmative action has been successful!
  • Assisting colleges and universities, especially those being targeted by opponents of affirmative action, to develop local campaigns on campuses to expose these intimidation tactics being used by opponents of affirmative action, build multi-racial coalitions on campus, and increase activity in support of affirmative action.
  • Developing local campaigns on campus may apply for a Student Impact Grant, for assistance with their work on campus and/or in their local community.

Speak Now! Raise Your Voice!

Students of color and women have made gains in education and the workforce because of such affirmative action programs and policies as recruitment, outreach, and training. These programs have played a critical role in providing qualified women and students of color with access to quality educational and professional opportunities they would otherwise have been denied despite their strong qualifications.

Following the recent Supreme Court decision (Grutter v. Bollinger), minority students on campuses nationwide have faced a growing trend of ethnic intimidation. This intimidation has come in many forms, ranging from assaults and hate crimes, to satirical theater or racially-insensitive jokes, to bake sales protesting affirmative action. These intimidation tactics are being used by conservative student organizations in order to rollback affirmative action on college and university campuses nationwide and are creating a hostile climate on campuses across the country.

Real Stories from Students

Every student has a story. Students Speak! featured written and video testimonials from students on campuses nationwide who have benefited from affirmative action and those who support the continuing need and use of affirmative action programs and polices at their schools.

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